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Students identify and summarize main ideas while reading the non-fiction exhibit catalog about the history of Alaska's flag.

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Students read sections of the Eight Stars of Gold exhibit catalog to get a glimpse of the issues of Alaska Native rights and sovereignty prior to statehood. They investigate and research land rights and the conditions of Alaska Natives over the past century and write "compare/contrast" papers based on their findings.

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Students research flag songs and anthems used around the world in different historical contexts. They listen to diverse anthems/flag songs, including Alaska's flag song, and consider the connections between songs, flags, and national character and image. They then write lyrics for another verse of Alaska's flag song, that reflect the current character of the state.

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Students consider varied definitions for what makes 'Art,' and consider common criteria. They examine a sampling of flags from various times and places. In a persuasive essay they then defend or refute the idea that flags can be considered as 'Art', citing definitions and examples to defend their position.

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